ASI UK Equity A

UK fund run from Aberdeen's pan European desk.

  • 172.30p
    Price (Inc)

    These are the shares in the fund that pay out an income to clients. The income is made up of the total dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – from the companies in the fund.

  • 220.11p
    Price (Acc)

    These are the shares in the fund that don’t pay out an income to clients. Any dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – are reinvested into companies in the fund. Despite no income, the shares should be worth more over time. Good incentive, eh?

  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

    Some funds charge you when you first invest, which is aptly known as the initial charge. They’re usually between 3-5% but at Bestinvest, we usually don’t charge you a penny!

  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

    This is how much the fund management company charges to run the fund. It’s like paying a babysitter, dog sitter or house sitter (that makes well-informed, heavily researched changes to improve your baby/dog/house when needed).

  • 1.61%
    Ongoing charges

    This stands for Ongoing Charges Figure. It’s the cost of running a fund and includes admin fees, manager fees, administration costs, etc.

  • 1.00%
    Yield

    How much the fund is currently paying out in income to investors. It’s NOT to be confused with the overall growth of a fund – a very different thing indeed. It’s also NOT a guarantee of future pay-outs, just a snapshot. This is more what it’s not than what it is…

Prices as at 11 December 2019, fund data last updated 06 February 2007

The fund aims to provide above average returns from investing in a portfolio of predominantly large and medium size UK equities. To achieve this Aberdeen's Pan European team apply a fundamental approach to selecting stocks, that is rigourous due diligence at the individual stock level, which ultimately results in a focused portfolio of stocks, which are generally held for the medium to long term.

Fund summary

Sector UK All Companies
Structure OEIC
Launched August, 1985
Size £180m
Yield 1.00%
Charging basis
Dividends paid 31 May, 30 Nov

Charges

Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.61%

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Investment process

James Laing works closely with Aberdeen's Pan European Equity team in investing in UK equties. A theoretical universe covering all UK equities is narrowed to an Aberdeen universe of around 200 using a quality filter, which attempts to identify companies with good growth prospects, the balance sheet to support expansion and which are run in the interests of shareholders. A secondary filter is then used to assess companies' valuations relative to market price and to the value of their peers. A key discipline in this stage of the process is to avoid overpaying. Companies that pass the second stage are placed on a watch list and the management of these companies are visited at least once a year whilst companies in which Aberdeen invest are visited at least twice annually. Stocks are sold following a change of personnel, a loss of business direction, or when Aberdeen feel valuations have become stretched.

Applying fundamental analysis to selecting stocks, the investment process is largely based on Hugh Young's (Aberdeen's star manager in Asia) conservative and detailed framework to selecting stocks as is the case, to a greater or lesser extent, with all Aberdeen's funds. This process has been less successful in the UK than elsewhere in Aberdeen's range so we have higher conviction in other UK All Companies funds.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 14/15 -0.20%
  • 15/16 0.25%
  • 16/17 -0.26%
  • 17/18 0.81%
  • 18/19 0.23%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.26%
  • 5 years 0.17%
  • Career -0.09%
  • 3 years 89.30%
  • 5 years 90.20%
  • Career 61.00%

Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Aberdeen Pan European Equity Team

Ben Ritchie was appointed Aberdeen’s Head of UK and European Equities in 2016. Alongside a generalist role acts as deputy investment manager on the property share fund. He joined Aberdeen in 2002 as a graduate having interned with Aberdeen in 2000 and 2001. Ritchie graduated with a BA (Hons) in Modern History and Politics from Pembroke College, University of Oxford and is a CFA charterholder.

Track record

Aberdeen Pan European Equity Team has 16.6 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.09%. During the worst period of relative performance (from August 2004 - August 2017) there was a decline of 29% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 47%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -47.00% (May 2007 - February 2009)
Relative -29.00% (August 2004 - August 2017)

About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.

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Top 10 holdings

Data accurate as at 31 August 2019

5.2% Diageo
4.5% Relx Plc
4.1% London Stock Exchange Group
3.8% Aveva Group
3.6% Unilever
3.5% Prudential Plc
3.3% Dechra Pharmaceuticals
3.2% Genus
3.2% Just Eat Plc
3.1% Experian Plc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 20.00%
Financials 17.00%
Consumer Staples 16.00%
Health Care 14.00%
Consumer Discretionary 12.00%
Materials 7.00%
Information Technology 5.00%
Communications 4.00%
Others 3.00%
Energy 2.00%

Portfolio

Around 40- 60 stocks are held.

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